Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Painted Worlds

This was one of the first lessons fifth graders worked on at the beginning of the year and was intended to give them some art history background. The project was to select a painting from a modern art movement and transform it from a 2D space to a "3D" diorama. Students had to pay special attention to the space in their painting while creating their foreground and backgrounds. They also tried to emulate their artist's style in parts of their work. Fifth graders seemed to really enjoy using the oil pastels to blend their colors and were also excited to use reductive methods to scratch away and add detail. At the end of the lesson, students were organized in groups based on which art movement their original painting was from. The groups then worked collaboratively to arrange their movements into a visual timeline and to present the main ideas of their art movement to the class.

* This lesson was partially inspired by this fantastic lesson by the very talented Ruth Chung. 


1 comment:

  1. these look really cool! I like how you adapted this project, especially where you had students organize them in a timeline at the end.